________________ Covid-19 Catch-up Premium
What is the catch-up funding for?
In June 2020 the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up on missed learning caused by coronavirus (COVID19). This is especially important for the most vulnerable pupils and pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds who we know have been most affected.
Which schools are eligible?
The followings settings are eligible:
primary, secondary and all through local authority-maintained schools, academies and free schools
local authority-maintained special schools
special academies and free schools
special schools not maintained by a local authority
pupil referral units
alternative provision (AP) academies and free schools
local authority-maintained hospital schools and academies
independent special schools
We will provide funding to local authorities for pupils with education, health and care (EHC) plans who are educated in independent special schools based on the number of such pupils in their area.
What funding is allocated?
School allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis.
Special schools will get £240 for each place for the 2020 to 2021 academic year.
How are funding allocations calculated?
For mainstream schools, we will use the 4 to 15 pupil headcount from the October 2020 census. For special, AP and hospital schools, we will use:
2019 to 2020 academic year place numbers from the published local authority 2019 to 2020 financial year budget returns for local authority-maintained schools
the published high needs place numbers for the 2020 to 2021 academic year for academies and special schools not maintained by a local authority
Similar to the Pupil Premium, schools should use the sum available to them as a single total even though funding is calculated on a per pupil or per place basis. Funding will only be available for the 2020 to 2021 academic year and will not be added to schools’ baselines in calculating future years’ funding allocations.
How should the catch-up funding be used?
Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils’ education recovery in line with the curriculum expectations in the Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak guidance.
While schools can use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances, they are expected to use this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up on missed learning. Schools should particularly focus on disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils as we know they have been most affected.
How is Riverside Bridge School spending this catch-up funding?
How is the school assessing the impact of this expenditure on the educational attainment of the pupils?
For more information on the Covid-19 Catch-up Premium Premium, please visit the DfE website.